Butterfly Weed, Orange Milkweed (Asclepias tuberosa) - 35 Seeds

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Butterfly Weed (Asclepias tuberosa) - 35 Seeds

•Heirloom
•Non-GMO
•American grown seeds
•US Native Wildflower
•Perennial
•USDA Zones: 3-11

Description:
This showy plant is frequently grown from seed in home gardens. Its brilliant flowers attract butterflies. Because its tough root was chewed by the Indians as a cure for pleurisy and other pulmonary ailments, Butterfly Weed was given its other common name, Pleurisy Root. Although it is sometimes called Orange Milkweed, this species has no milky sap.


Planting Instructions:
In late fall, direct sow butterfly milkweed seeds just below the surface. Germination will take place in the spring, after the last frost. When the seedlings appear, thin to the strongest plant; seedlings usually do not survive transplanting, since they resent any disturbance of their roots. For spring planting, mix the seeds with moist sand and refrigerate for 30 days before direct sowing. Young plants should be watered until they become established; mature plants can tolerate drought, and the roots will be damaged by excessively wet soil. This plant grows slowly, and it may take 2-3 years to produce flowers.


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